Virginia NAACP Commends Attorney General’s Pattern of Practice Lawsuit Against Town of Windsor Following NAACP-Requested Investigation

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
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RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement following today’s lawsuit filed by the Attorney General alleging that the Town of Windsor Police Department operated in a discriminatory and illegal manner:

“Earlier this year, the Virginia NAACP and our Isle of Wight Branch requested that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring open a pattern of practice investigation into the Windsor Police Department.

The Virginia NAACP commends Attorney General Mark Herring for completing a thorough investigation at our request and filing a pattern of practice lawsuit of the Town of Windsor Police Department earlier today.

We are both disturbed and outraged by the findings of the Attorney General’s investigation, particularly that “the Department searched more vehicles driven by Black drivers than White drivers, even though Black residents do not constitute the majority of the population of the Town or Commonwealth.”

The Virginia NAACP and our Isle of Wight Branch will continue to ensure justice and demand accountability.”

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org.

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